Fighting for a safer environment at home, in the community and at work.
|The Cancer Prevention Coalition,
Inc. (CPC), which opened its national office in Chicago in July 1994, is
a unique nationwide coalition of leading independent experts in cancer
prevention and public health, together with citizen activists and representatives
of organized labor, public interest, environmental and women's
health groups. Our goal is to reduce cancer rates through a comprehensive
strategy of outreach, public education, advocacy and public policy initiatives
to establish prevention as the nation's foremost cancer policy.
An overemphasis on the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and relative neglect of its prevention, coupled with ineffective regulation of carcinogens in air, water, food, consumer products, and the workplace, have contributed to escalating cancer rates and an annual death toll of over 500,000. The National Cancer Institute (NC1) and American Cancer Society (ACS)--which should be the chief advocates of cancer prevention--instead mislead the public and policy makers into believing that we are winning the war against cancer, and trivialize the role of avoidable exposures to industrial carcinogens.
The Coalition's activities are dual and complementary. The first is directed to cancer prevention on the personal level by informing consumers of their avoidable risks from undisclosed carcinogenic ingredients and contaminants in a wide range of foods and consumer products, such as cosmetics and home and garden pesticides. With this information, consumers will be empowered to demand safer alternatives and explicit food and product labeling. A major objective of our educational programs is to generate a critical mass of support for establishing prevention as a top priority in cancer and public health policies
Our second activity is directed to advocating reform of national cancer policies, and the priorities of the NCI and ACS, to produce major emphasis on cancer prevention, particularly the elimination of avoidable exposures to environmental and occupational carcinogens. To this end, CPC advocates phasing Out the manufacture, use and disposal of industrial carcinogens and their replacement with non-carcinogenic alternatives. In this regard we will seek out and work with socially responsible industries.
The ultimate and longer term objective of CPC is to truly advance the war against cancer by reducing modern epidemic cancer rates to their relatively low pre-1940 levels.
A critical factor which lead to the formation of the Cancer Prevention Coalition was the Feburary 4th 1992 Press Conference released by Dr. Epstein an "LOSING THE WAR ON CANCER". The statement was endorsed and co-signed by 65 leading experts in public health and cancer prevention, including past directors of 3 major Federal health agencies. (NIOSH, NIEHS, OSHA)